BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech guard Dorenzo Hudson’s desperation 3-pointer as time expired in overtime lifted Virginia Tech to a 74-73 victory over Georgia Tech in an ACC played Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.
With the win, Virginia Tech moved to 15-12 overall, 4-8 in the ACC, and beat the Yellow Jackets for the third straight time. Georgia Tech fell to 9-17 overall, 2-10 in the league.
Hudson’s shot came after the Yellow Jackets took a 73-71 lead on a jumper by Mfon Udofia with 5 seconds remaining. Virginia Tech then called a timeout with 3.5 seconds to go.
After the timeout, Jarell Eddie got the ball in the corner and nearly lost control. But he passed the ball out of a double team and found Hudson, who launched the game winner for the Hokies. The 3-pointer was Hudson’s only one of the game, and he finished with just five points.
“I didn’t see it go in,” Hudson said. “I actually thought I got fouled. Then my teammates started jumping on top of me, so I knew then that the ball had gone in.”
“That’s not exactly the way we drew it up,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said of the final play. “We brought Jarell off to the corner, and curled Erick [Green] to the top, with three seconds to drive into a gap and to look to the corner, and we stepped the inbounder in.
“I subbed in Dorenzo, not because I thought he was going to make that shot, but because he is our best inbounder. It was good to see him make a shot.”
Erick Green finished with 14 points and could've won the game in regulation for Virginia Tech, but his jumper missed as the horn sounded. Cadarian Raines added a career-high 13 points for the Hokies, making 4 of 8 from the floor and 5 of 8 from the free-throw line.
“I thought Cadarian was really solid on the block,” Greenberg said. “We did a nice job of getting him the basketball.”
Robert Brown, C.J. Barksdale and Marquis Rankin all made valuable contributions, combining to score 24 points off the bench. Brown led the way with 10 points, with Rankin scoring six on two 3-pointers and Barksdale adding eight.
“This was a heckuva win for us,” Greenberg said. “For our guys to come back from the Florida State devastation and show the resiliency and figure out a way to win, I just couldn’t be more prouder.”
Georgia Tech played without leading scorer and rebounder Glen Rice, Jr., who was suspended indefinitely by Gregory on Friday for undisclosed reason. Rice, who was suspended for three games earlier in the season by head coach Brian Gregory for violating team rules, was averaging 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Kammeon Holsey paced the Yellow Jackets with 18 points – one of five Georgia Tech players in double figures.
The Hokies remain at home for the next game, which happens Tuesday night against in-state rival Virginia. Tip-off for the game is slated for 9 p.m.
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